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About Derrick M.

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Naperville, IL
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Specializing in teaching beginners. Can also help more advance students prepare for auditions, and work with advanced curriculum.

About Derrick
Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.

Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music styles ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to Chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importa
ntly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and iPod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.

Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.
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Mikhail C. June 19, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was able to play a little right away, which made it more fun for him.
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Mike A. February 23, 2014
· Drum ·
Great teacher!

Great with my daughter (age 7). She looks forward to her lesson every week, and is learning rapidly. He has great patience and has gotten to know my daughter and listens to her feedback while at the same time offering encouraging instruction.
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Shirley L. December 29, 2013
· Drum ·
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My daughter had been taking private drum lesson for years before she started with Derrick. At the first lesson, Derrick told her how important it was to feel the music, other than just working on technique. That was exactly what she needed to work on. Derrick has a broad experience with playing different type of music. He likes to show her how to play, which helps her understand right away. He is very nice and patient. He is flexible and reliable in terms of lesson schedules. He uses lots of references, songs and exercises in his teaching. Now, my daughter enjoys her lessons and practices a lot more.
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Derrick M.

Derrick M.

Naperville, IL 60565
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$39 / 30-min

About Mike S.

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*** ALL LESSONS RECORDED ON PROFESSIONAL DVD TO TAKE HOME *** Owner of Chicago's # 1 Drum Lessons. Teaching the drums since 1995. Been on CLTV news for take home DVD teaching method. Drumeo certified instructor, been on an episode of the Drum Channel, performed and interviewed by world renown drummer Terry Bozzio. 1997 Guitar Center Drum Off Regional finalist, endorsed artist for: Ludwig, Promark, Aquarian, Kickport,Zildjian, etc. just to name a few. 9 LOCATIONS

About Mike
Hi, there! My name is Mike, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 having taught thousands of some of todays top drummers. *** ALL LESSONS RECORDED ON PROFESSIONAL DVD TO TAKE HOME *** That's right, I am the only instructor in the world that has a pre recorded dvd lesson plan that helps any level drum student to go from point A to point B quickly, efficiently, and effectively in every weeks practice sessions. NO WRONG WAY OF LEARNING OR MONEY WASTED with this method. If you want the best for your child or self, I am the go to guy. I started playing the drums on Christmas day 1979. I'm a fun, energetic professional and all my students respect me as I respect them with coming across as their friend someone they can trust and talk to. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lynn Johansen July 6, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I've known Mike since he was a teenager. Drumming is, and always was, his passion. You can't find a better instructor. His knowledge, experience and patience with younger children is over the top! My 5 year old grandson is a student and absolutely loves his lessons and his teacher. My rating is 5+
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Jim July 6, 2015
· Drum · Online
My child and I both share a love of drums. Unfortunately I wasn't very good at it, well at least til Mike came along. Now my son is in a band and I get to jam with them during practice. All thanks to you Mike. The take home DVD's as well really enhanced. This way we could go over what he just learned. Rock on buddy!!
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Mike July 6, 2015
· Drum · Online
Mike is a BEAST! Just by watching his videos alone I have made huge improvements. I had been playing over 20 yrs at that point, I wish I had known about Mike at an earlier point in my playing, who knows where I would be now.
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Chicago, IL 60623
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Nicholas K.

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My mission, is to create a private and educational environment to students of all ages. One that enriches their senses to music, through reading, writing, ear training, performance and technique.

About Nicholas
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.

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I set an individual c
urriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All necessities on site.

*** Specialties ***
I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
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Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
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Justin G. August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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Enoch B. July 14, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
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Nicholas K.

Nicholas K.

Merrillville, IN 46410
(5)
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$25 / 30-min

About Jeff F.

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I have been teaching beginner to professional of all ages for eighteen years. My students all have positive experiences and have given me great feedback!

About Jeff
I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused
practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
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RIo July 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!
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Kevin A. January 2, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I'm an experienced drummer and I was able to get started right away into exercises that fit my my level of skill. Very helpful.
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Debbie L. December 30, 2015
· Drum · In home
Jeff has been working with my 16 year old son, who started drum lessons to prepare for jazz band, for about 4 months now. Jeff is a a very skilled teacher and has been a joy to work with in terms of coordinating schedules and other logistics. My son has learned a great deal from Jeff in a very short time and very much enjoys working with him!
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
(8)
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$35 / 30-min

About john M.

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Broadview, IL

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No matter what age, or skill level, i will give the student what he/she needs to have a solid foundation. I develop a great rapport with all of my students. Drum(s) include; snare drum work (if you can't wail on one drum more drums won't matter!), this includes reading, rudiments, you know, the good stuff. Drum set work, from beginner to advanced, goes along with snare work, all styles. Mallet percussion, bells, xylophone, marimba. hand percussion, bongos, congas, hand held small percussion.

About john
I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
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Brian Lenart February 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.
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Michael D. July 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
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john M.

Broadview, IL 60155
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$30 / 30-min
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About Donald S.

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Oak Park, IL
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On drumset, I emphasize, Rock,
Jazz, and Latin music while including stick
control, soloing, and reading. I love starting
beginners because that is a critical
time in a musician's development. I enjoy
introducing advanced students to new
instruments and preparing kids for college,
and I find it rewarding to work with
other professionals who are trying to
broaden their skills.

About Donald
Don Skoog is an independent musician, teacher, and writer who lives in Oak Park, Illinois. He performs on drumset, Latin percussion, marimba, and Flamenco cajón. His teachers include James Dutton,Vida Chenoweth, Gordon Stout, Karl Husa, Roberto Vizcaino, José Eladio, Rich Gajate Garcia, and Alejandro Carvajal. He has taught percussion at The American Conservatory of Music, Sherwood Music School, and The Contemporary Music Project, which he founded in 1984.
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Ronald N. August 6, 2016
· Hand Drums · In home
Patient,knowledgable,and funny.
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Ronald N. August 6, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Patient,knowledgeable and funny.
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Ethan K. January 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
The lesson was excellent. Im sure my son is going to learn alot and further develop his love of music.
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Donald S.

Donald S.

Oak Park, IL 60304
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$25 / 30-min

About Jamie G.

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Students can expect to focus heavily on fundamental drumming techniques, successful practice methods, as well as listening exercises that are all included in the lesson experience. Jamie highly encourages drummers to explore the music they appreciate the most - favorite songs, artists, styles, drummers, or musical repertoire that is to be performed by the student in the future. Learning HOW to practice on the instrument is the main goal that's continually reinforced in Jamie's lesson room.

About Jamie
Jamie's main focus as a teaching artist is to equip his students with essential tools that enable beginners and continuing learners to enjoy exploring the music they appreciate with a strong base in the fundamentals of drumming, practicing, and listening.

He's been a recording and nationally touring musician for almost two decades, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from North Central College. Aside from being an educator for the last 18 years, he currently enjoys freelancing professionally with various groups, songwriters, and producers in and around Chicago and abroad.

Students can expect to focus heavily on fundamental drumming techniques, successful practice methods, as well as listening exercises that are all included in the lesson experience. Above all, learning HOW to practice on the instrument is the main goal th
at's continually reinforced in Jamie's lesson room.
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Jamie G.

Jamie G.

Chicago, IL 60607
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$35 / 30-min

About John R.

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Come to my studio to make some noise! With 10 years of drumming under my belt I will teach you how to play drums and tap into your inner metronome.

About John
Hey how is going new students?! My name is John and I'm looking forward to teaching you music. I started teaching myself how to play piano by ear when I was 15 because I just loved the sound of piano. I moved on to learn drums at 17 and bass in college. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Science and played in many shows on campus. Every instrument I've ever played comes from personal choice based on the sound. Being able to read music is a great trait to have, but I want to teach you how to hear music with your inner ear. My class will help you with improvising, recognizing major/minor chords, analyzing a song to play it back within minutes, finding the key of a song, chord inversions, and much more! My lessons are for students who already know their instrument. I also have a studio in Logan Square for
recording purposes for all students. Lets start our lessons!
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John R.

John R.

Chicago, IL 60639
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$60 / 60-min

About James D.

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Vernon Hills, IL

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I've been playing drums for 18 years, and have had some amazing opportunities because of it. In that time I've learned so much about a wide variety of styles and I continue to learn to this day. Not only can I teach you how to play the drums, I can help you learn to understand them as well. That includes more than just reading music and playing beats; it's exploring rhythmic techniques together, learning the fundamentals of tuning, and helping you discover your sound. Furthermore, as lessons progress, I can help you challenge yourself by performing and recording alongside other instruments as well (per request and at absolutely no extra charge).

Please remember that everyone processes things differently, and there is no right or wrong way to learn.

About James
Hello! My name is JD and I am a professional drummer. I've been playing for 18 years and in that time I've toured through 30 states and played everything from large festivals to small basements. I'm well versed in a wide variety of styles, from blues and pop, to punk and metal. When you take lessons with me, we're going to learn your way. Everybody operates differently, so we will work together to find the best way for you to achieve your goals. With every student, we will begin our introduction by creating a curriculum together, so we can always be on the same page with learning the things you both need AND want to, without missing any of the good stuff!

Just a few things you can expect from our lessons are:

- Understanding of rhythm and timing
- Basic fundamentals behind tuning and placement
- Learning to play REAL songs of your
choice
- Controlling techniques unique to your playing style
- Breathing and posture importance
- How to choose gear (Don't let others decide for you!!!)
- Learning to play alongside other instruments

and most importantly: How to find your sound!

I believe wholeheartedly in an open door approach, so if you have any questions prior to signing up for lessons, please do not hesitate to ask!

I look forward to meeting all of you, and lets rock!
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James D.

James D.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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$30 / 30-min

About Igor S.

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First approach would be checking and working on technique," back to basics".
Technique presents an important element in process of learning and adjusting body itself to the instrument, in natural way.
The main thing through my work ethic with students is to make student capable to become adjustable drummer/musician and percussionist in various styles of music.
In my opinion, instructor's role is to help the student find his/her own way of getting through music and creativity. Also to show the beauty of playing this instrument.
I have been performing various styles on drumset,(some of them: Jazz, Funk, Rock, Latin, MiddleEastern) with different combos and ensembles and at the same time I have been performing as professional percussionist in orchestra setting and in Big Band setting.

About Igor
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My name is Igor, and I am a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University’s School of Music, where I graduated with a Master of Music (Jazz Studies, Drumset) in May 2017. Also, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Benedict College in South Carolina. This education is anchored in a number of solid teaching and performance experiences.

I won two national prizes, 1. prize( 2007) and 2. (2009) at the National Percussion Competition of Serbia. I performed in various group settings, jazz, funk, rock, Classical Orchestra and Big Band setting. I played with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Serbia, played for 3 years in South Carolina with outstanding jazz and funk musicians, I performed at Chicago Jazz festival with Big Band etc..

As one of my idols, Steve Gadd says:'' Adjustments never stop"
I have been trying to stay adjustable for various styles and along performing and teaching I am still learning myself. I believe that the best learning occurs when a student reaches on that level that he/she start finding new things in music that are also new for us/educators as well. At this moment in music creativity, both, students and educators, start teaching one each other while they are enjoying the beauty of music.

The uncertainty becomes the essential focus in music sense, since neither professor nor student know what type of certain element will show up during next class of performing some tune, or some piece of music or during practicing simple exercise.
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Igor S.

Igor S.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$25 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in Near West Side

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in Near West Side is $70. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $70 and $70 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute drum lessons are 22% less expensive at $55, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $40.

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